Step By Step- The Perfect Red Lip

What I really wanted to do today was an outfit post outdoors in my neighboorhood. But with the "feels like temperture" in the negatives and a massive fire two blocks from my apartment, that was not going to happen. So I thought I'd spend some time indoors and create a little tutorial on how to get the perfect red lip.

I have my lip routine down to a science. Since I wear lipstick (mostly red) almost every single day, I know what works and what doesn't. One of the biggest things I have learned over the years is how to keep my lips looking healthy and not dried out. In my opinion, nothing looks worse that dried, chapped lips that are covered in bold color. It just doesn't work. Here's how I keep my pout healthy and beautiful...

Step #1- Brush your lips lightly with your toothbrush every morning. You will be so surprised how this really does freshen your pout!

Step #2- Use a lip cleanser. I prefer Bliss's Fabulips Foaming Lip Cleanser. I love the effervescent cleansing action! smells fantastic! Seeing this photo reminds me that I need to go get more soon...almost empty...

Step #3- Pick a great shade of red. I must have about 6 or 7 shades of red in my makeup bag, all slightly different. So even though I may wear red lips almost every day I don't get bored with the color. One of my most favorite shades is Sephora's Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. It goes on so beautifully and stays on all day long. 

Step #4- After you remove your lip color moisturize your lips with petroleum jelly. This step really does help keep your lips from drying out. I make this my nightly ritual.

Follow these tips and I promise you beautiful and healthy lips!

Beauty Buzz: My New Favorite Lipstick

A few weeks ago I saw a commercial for Revlon cosmetics starring Olivia Wilde. She was wearing Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipcolor...and the shade she had on was so pretty it literally stopped me in my tracks. Typically commercials don't make me rush out to buy a product...but I had to have this!

I adore long wear lipcolor, but what I hate is when you get a color that looks awful and it's stuck on your lips for 12-24 hours. I thought I'd bite the bullet and try the exact same color (Backstage) that Olivia had on in the campaign. It's a bit darker (like a deep wine color) than I typically wear...but such a great shade!

What I really love about this lipcolor is just how flawless the coverage is. It lasts all day, the color is intense, and it's not sticky or drying. Best of all there are 20 you will most certainly find one that works for you!

Have you tried this product yet? What are your thoughts on it?